Study Abroad in Namibia – African Ecology and Conservation

Think of Africa and images of a savanna landscape with herds of antelope, elephants and lions come to mind. This study abroad program takes you there and is designed for students to experience and study a different and unique natural world. It will elevate your understanding of ecology, wildlife management, park management and conservation as we visit various Namibian ecosystems and protected areas. You will also contribute to conservation by visiting a number of conservation projects. Join this enriching adventure and travel beyond your horizon.

During the program, which runs middle May to early June of each year, students participate in field excursions, lectures, small group investigations and discussions with field biologists and conservationists. Academic work is required prior to departure, during the program and upon return. The 4-credit course is taught by Dr. Werner Dörgeloh who recently passed a test with the Namibia Tourism Board, making Dr. Dörgeloh the first official Namibia destination expert in the USA.

The program focuses on:

  • Ecology – desert, wildlife, savanna
  • Conservation
  • Park management
  • Ecotourism
  • Human-wildlife interaction
  • Ecological sampling techniques

Course: FW465 or FW565: African Ecology and Conservation (4 credits)

Pre-requisites: Two courses at a 200 level in wildlife management, conservation biology, ecology, zoology, natural resources, biology, environmental science, botany, tourism, or equivalent. A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required. Preference will be given to students with a major related to animal science, zoology, wildlife conservation, biological sciences, natural resources or environmental sciences.

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